MMA: Phil De Fries produces superb display to land KSW43 heavyweight title in Poland

Sunderland MMA fighter Phil De Fries is celebrating after beating Poland's Michal Andryszak to claim the vacant KSW43 heavyweight title, in Wroclaw, Poland.

Wednesday, 18th April 2018, 12:45 pm
Phil De Fries celebrates his first-round win in Poland.

De Fries, a drugs advice worker for the NHS, defeated the Pole via a technical knock-out (ground and pound) in the first round.

Andryszak started like a freight train at full tilt and looked to take control of the fight, landing a number of blows which De Fries absorbed.

The referee steps in to call a halt as Phil De Fries starts to celebrate his win

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However, De Fries used his experience to his advantage and weathered the early storm. The Wearsider then used a grappling move to get into a top position and rained down elbows and punches as Andryszak could not find a way out of the hold.

De Fries sensed the victory and landed blow after blow until the referee stopped the contest after 3 minutes and 38 seconds of the first round.

Speaking after the victory, an ecstatic De Fries said: “It feels great to bring back Europe’s largest MMA Promotions belt back to Sunderland.

“I plan on keeping this belt for a long time.”

The referee steps in to call a halt as Phil De Fries starts to celebrate his win